Kurukuru to train in Spain for World Cup

Solomon Star News

Kurukuru captain Elliot Ragomo displaying the trophy they won during a parade through Honiara city yesterday

The Kurukuru team upon arrival yesterday received the best news ever.

They are in for a chance to visit, play and train in Spain in preparation for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand next year.

This was officially announced by the Solomon Islands Football Federation president vice president Martin Alufurai yesterday during the Kurukuru press conference at the SIFF Academy conference room.

Alufurai said the news came all the way from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President and FIFA vice president David Chung.

President Chung sent the letter on behalf of the OFC expressing their sincere appreciation for the Kurukuru team and SIFF for winning the OFC futsal championship for the fourth time in a row and making it to the World Cup for the second time.

In the letter Chung stated that OFC is committed to support the Kurukuru team for the World Cup next year.

Also for the support towards the preparations for the World Cup OFC offered a grant of NZ $25000.

In addition, a MOU with royal Spanish football federation will be signed next week to verify the proposed plan.

The signing will take place in Zurich next week for an opportunity for Kurukuru to train play matches and prepare for the FIFA futsal World Cup.

The letter also confirmed that all internal costs will be met by Spanish Football Federation and OFC.

Alufurai after his announcement told the Kurukuru team that now they will be moving on to the world stage which is the next stage.

The SIFF President and General Secretary Eddie Ngava will leave for Zurich to attend the signing with the Spanish Football Federation.

He added that in a few weeks time the new futsal stadium construction will commence to build the new home for futsal in the country.

The aim for the Oceania futsal champions to train in Spain was to further boost their preparation for the World Cup.

Since Spain is the futsal champions of the world, it will be a great chance for the Kurukuru team to learn more from how they play their futsal and help advance the level of futsal in the Solomon Islands and the Oceania region.

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